Transcript: Rex Ryan 10/14/12

Opening Statement…

This is really a great win for us. We certainly needed one. We knew going into the game that Indianapolis was going to scrap. The young kid at quarterback (Andrew Luck) is going to be a stud. We knew we’d be challenged, but I thought our guys stepped up and really responded. The way we practiced and competed in the classroom and on the practice field (this week) gave us a chance to win. Our guys took advantage of it. This was a great team effort. I love the fact that we were 5-for-5 in the red zone, which was a big difference in the game. The Colts were 0-for-2 in the red zone. The offense being 5-for-5 was huge.

We had 253 yards rushing, which was tremendous to see. We’ve been making strides and have been close. Today, we were able to pop some and really get Shonn Greene going. Joe (McKnight) had a big run. I was really proud of the effort. We have to clean up a few penalties, but other than that, I was really happy with the performance.

On the performance of Greene…

We wanted to get that big back rolling, and we knew we were close. We’ve been working hard, and today we were able to get him going. When Shonn carries it that well and has that kind of production, it’s great for the entire team.

On needing a win…

It’s huge. We needed it. There’s no doubt. You can’t afford to lose three games in a row at home. We’re a tough team and can overcome a lot, but we really needed this win. We talked about it last night and knew what it meant. We gave them our best shot and it was good enough this week.

On this being a gratifying win because they won by controlling the clock on the ground…

We challenged our guys this week to win the time of possession. I don’t know the exact number, but it’s safe to say we won it. The attention to detail and everything else….we know we’re close and we kept believing in each other. That’s what makes our football team.

On the Jets defense…

Their quarterback is an outstanding young man. I’m glad we play him this year and not two years from now. He’s got all the talent in the world. That’s a good group over there. Reggie Wayne is a tremendous receiver. That matchup – him and Cro (Antonio Cromartie) was a fun one to watch. Each of them had their moments, but I thought Cro did well.

On Cromartie’s two INT returns for touchdowns being called back…

I understand the first one. It was a great block by Aaron Maybin, but you can’t give him the business after the play. I think that’s what happened there. I have a lot of respect for the officiating, and they called what they thought was appropriate. I might disagree a little bit, especially when he returned the other one for a touchdown. It was tough. It’s great competition. When you have two great players going at it like that, you’re going to win some and lose some. There’s a fine line. You have to stay aggressive, and I thought Cro did. He was penalized a few times, but when you’re going against a great player like Reggie Wayne, I thought it was great competition out there

On the fake punt pass…

(Coach Westhoff) Westy talked about it. We had talked about if we had that opportunity. It showed up. We got what we were looking for and Tim (Tebow) just made a great pass and (Nick) Bellore (caught it). Woody (Johnson) before the game said, “Can Bellore catch?” I said, ‘Oh yeah, absolutely,’ and I’m (thinking) ‘Oh please catch it.’ (laughter) He did a great job. We have to work on his moves. (On) that little head fake, (his) body stayed in the same direction. We have to work on that.

On what he said to the team last night…

I just gave them the normal coach jargon (joking). I think that’s the way I usually speak to them. Our message has been the same since day one and that’s about staying together, building a team, just keep getting better, keep working, taking those steps forward, and at the end of the day, we’ll see where we’re at. We have a lot of talent on this football team and when we pull all this talent together, we definitely want to be a team, and I think we are a team that is better than the sum of our parts. I think that’s it. I think that’s what we want to be, a team that nobody wants to play and I think we’re on our way that way.

On if the pass interference penalties on Cromartie are helpful when covering a receiver…

Sometimes they are. Sometimes, we’ll see. Obviously, Cro makes a ton of plays and he competes on the football (field). We really take a look at it, and if it’s a penalty, we have to get a little better with our technique, but I like (how he) stands up (and) he’s ready to roll each week. Really, he had a tremendous game. Obviously the penalties, we have to get better at that, but when you take on a guy like Reggie Wayne, he’s a tremendous receiver. It’s unfortunate those interceptions (for) touchdown got called back, but really, I’m happy for Cro.

On whether he has heard anything about Bilal Powell’s injury…

I have not. I just checked with the trainers. Hopefully, I’ll have some more information tomorrow for you.

On how pleased he is with the effort and the results in the last two games…

I think our effort has never been a question, but I think the way we’re going about our business is I think we’re really pushing each other on the practice field. I think that’s where it starts. The only way to get better is to go full speed against each other and take care of your teammates all at the same time. We understand the message. We are all about our team. Some days, it’s just like what I was noticing, Mark (Sanchez) threw only 18 passes. Well, he may have to throw 38, but that’s what it took this day. It’s not about the individual, it’s about the team, and we understand that.

On Quinton Coples…

We gave him a shot. We gave him some opportunities to rush the passer and the guy stepped up and responded.

On how it feels to be playing for a part of first place next Sunday…

It’s good. You’d rather be on top of it, but right now we’re looking up at them. But here we come. I don’t feel like tugging on Superman’s cape today (joking, but maybe tomorrow.